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Neighbourhood Planning

What is neighbourhood planning?

The production of Neighbourhood Plans is enabled through the Localism Act 2011. The Government encouraged the development of a number of neighbourhood plans ahead of the enactment of legislation through the Neighbourhood Planning Vanguard Scheme and we were awarded £20k to assist with the development of the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan. 

Neighbourhood plans give communities direct power to plan the areas in which they live but they relate only to the use and development of land in their area.

Parishes and Neighbourhood Forums can use neighbourhood plans to:

Further information and advice about Neighbourhood Plans can be found on the Locality website. The Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap on this website provides an easy to use guide to help groups navigate the world of neighbourhood planning.

Help is also available in a Guidance Note on community led plans prepared by the Kent Planning and Housing Officers Group.

Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan: Adoption

The Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan was ‘made’ at Full Council on 28th June.

Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan: Referendum

The Judicial Review brought against the Neighbourhood Plan has been dismissed by the High Court and the Council is now starting to prepare for the referendum, which will take place on 4 May 2017.

The referendum will be conducted based on procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

The question to be asked in the referendum is:

“Do you want Swale Borough Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Faversham Creek to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

The referendum area is the whole of the Faversham Town Council, which is also the Faversham division of Kent County Council. 

For further guidance please see the ‘Information Statement and Information for Voters’ document in the list below.

Specified Documents

The relevant regulations state that we must make the following documents available:

Copies of documents can also be viewed at:

Can I vote?

You can vote in the referendum area if you live in the town of Faversham and:

If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline for registering is Thursday 13 April 2017. You can check if you are registered by calling our helpline 01795 417316.
If you need to register, you can register or call our helpline 01795 417316; you will need your national insurance number to hand.
The referendum will be conducted based on procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

Referendum Expenses

The Referendum expenses limit that will apply in relation to the referendum is £3238.39. The number of persons entitled to vote in the Referendum by reference to which the limit has been calculated is 14,854.

For queries about neighbourhood planning in general, please contact Planning Policy on: 01795 417023

For more information about voting and the arrangements for this referendum, please email or contact our Helpline on 01795 417316

Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement June 2016

On the 25 May 2016 Swale Borough Council formally accepted the Recommendations of the Independent Examiner for the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan. This decision enables a Referendum to take place on the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan.

A neighbourhood planning referendum will now be held for the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Development Plan. Once the date of the referendum is agreed, it will be posted on this page.

 The question to be asked in the referendum will be:

 “Do you want Swale Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Faversham Creek to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

 The referendum area will be the Town of Faversham, i.e. the Faversham Town Council area. All residents within this area will be entitled to vote.

Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan: Submission and Examination

Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan: Examination Report

 On the 4 April 2016 Swale Borough Council received the Independent Examiner's report on the Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan. The report concludes that with some modifications the Plan should proceed to referendum, the referendum area being the town of Faversham.

The Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to Swale Borough Council for examination (Regulation 16) in November 2014. A public consultation was held between 7 November and 22 December 2014. The Council invited representations on whether the Neighbourhood Plan met the basic conditions and other matters set out in paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

The Council appointed Mr Tim Jones to act as the independent Examiner. He was chosen from a selection provided by the Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service.

Representations made were sent to the independent Examiner who has reviewed them. As a result, he considered that a hearing was necessary. The hearing took place on Monday 5 October - Wednesday 7 October 2015. We are awaiting the Examiner's report. Further information is available Guidance and Direction Note 1, Guidance and Direction Note 2 and Guidance and Direction Note 3, all issued by the Examiner.

The comments received on the Examiner's Guidance and Direction Notes 1 and 2 are also available.

It is at the independent Examiner’s discretion to determine:

The following documents have been submitted to the independent Examiner:

(The above three documents can also be seen in the section below entitled ‘Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan Proposal: Publication Consultation’).

Queries can be can be made via email.

Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan Proposal: Publication Consultation

Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and Localism Act 2011.

Swale Borough Council is now required under Regulation 16 to publicise details of the neighbourhood plan and invite comment ahead of the submission of the neighbourhood plan to independent examination.

Representations made will be sent to the Independent Examiner by the Council. This is the last round of consultation before the Neighbourhood Plan will be submitted to the Independent Examiner.

Hard copies of the neighbourhood plan are available to view at Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham, ME13 8NY, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, ME10 3HT and at Faversham Library, Newton Road, Faversham, ME13 8DY.

Request for Notification of Post Examination Progress

Any representations made during this consultation may include a request to be notified of Swale Borough Council’s decision under Regulation 19 of the Neighbourhood Planning Regulation 2012, whether to accept the Examiners’ recommendations and future progress with the plan.

Queries can be can be made via email.

Designation of Neighbourhood Plan area

Notice is hereby given that the request by Faversham Town Council that land at Faversham Creek be designated as a Neighbourhood Plan area was confirmed on 20 February 2014 under Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

A plan of the designated area and the Notice of Neighbourhood Plan area designation request are available to view.

Preparation by Swale Borough Council of an Area Action Plan Development Plan Document for Faversham Creek

Consultation in respect of a report by Tony Fullwood Associates entitled: 'Developing proposals and future planning policy options to deliver regeneration of the Creek area.'

In May 2010 an independent consultant, Tony Fullwood, was appointed to take the work forward to:

This report was published in November 2010 and some comments on its contents have been received by the Council. The document is now being put out for a final consultation period. This will be the last chance for people to comment on the plans for Faversham Creek before a formal publication stage later this year. Consultation closed on the 24 June 2011.

The development plan document is now available to view.

A Strategic Flood Risk Assessment Supplementary Document (2010) provides guidance on the change of use or redevelopment of previously developed land within the 1:20 year flood risk area of Faversham Creek and has been produced in consultation with the Environment Agency.

A printed copy has been placed at the Faversham District Office, the Alexander Centre, Preston Street and at Faversham Library, Newton Road.

Please send comments to Planning Policy, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3HT or contact the Planning Team.

This consultation forms part of Regulation 25 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008.

For more information please visit the Faversham Town Council website.

The Steering Group held a public exhibition on Saturday 5 May 2012 at the Gatefield Hall, The Alexander Centre, Preston Street, Faversham. The exhibition showed emerging ideas from the Neighbourhood Plan process to date.

Landowners were asked to attend the exhibition to display their plans and ideas for their sites.

Public exhibition material

The files below show the information displayed by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group at the public exhibition on Saturday 5 May. 

Map showing Neighbourhood Plan area

Overview of past work on Faversham Creek by Swale Borough Council

Together with the support of Kent County Council and the Faversham Municipal Charities, we have started the production of an Area Action Plan (AAP) Development Plan Document (DPD) for Faversham Creekside.

The plan will bring together physical, economic and social agendas into an integrated approach to making the place work better. The period to be covered by the DPD will be 2006-2026.

What has happened so far?

You can view the details of the issues arising out of the consultation.

Who is the Creek Team?

We have invited a wide range of community organisations, landowners and stakeholders to play a particularly active part in contributing to the Area Action Plan. The aim is to involve local organisations within Faversham Creekside area and to establish a good representative spread of interests, ages and occupations. The groups invited included residents groups, those working with the young and old, transport and amenity interests and local businesses and traders.

What is the role of the Creek Team?

The latest stage of the DPD process was a Creek Team workshop held on 26 of November 2008. At this workshop the Creek Team discussed and finalised the following aspects of the Area Action Plan:

A report on the November (2009) workshop can be viewed here.

A final Stakeholder and Consultation Report has now been published and can be viewed below. Files are in pdf file format.

Comments can be made via email and the comments will assist us when we begin the next stage of the DPD process.

Boughton-Under-Blean and Dunkirk

Designation of Neighbourhood Plan area

Notice is hereby given that the request by Boughton-Under-Blean and Dunkirk Parish Councils that land at Boughton-Under-Blean and Dunkirk be designated as a Neighbourhood Plan area  was confirmed on 20 February 2014 under Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

A plan of the designated area and the Notice of Neighbourhood Plan area designation request are available to view.

Minster

Designation of Neighbourhood Plan area

Notice is hereby given that the request by Minster Parish Councils that land at Minster be designated as a Neighbourhood Plan area was confirmed on 20 February 2014 under Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

plan of the designated area and the Notice of Neighbourhood Plan area designation request are available to view.

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